B-17 Flying Fortress B-17 44-6020 / Under Ground Farmer

B-17 #44-6020 / Under Ground Farmerzoom_in



  • RCL: VE-A

MACR: 7882 / KSU/ME/KU: 2670


History of
B-17 44-6020 / Under Ground Farmer

Delivered Tulsa 6/4/44; Hunter 17/4/44; Dow Fd 8/5/44; Assigned: 532BS/381BG [VE-A] Ridgewell 28/5/44; MIA Brandenburg 6/8/44 Pilot: Allen Webb, Co-Pilot: John Hayes, Navigator: Earl Grossnickle, Bombardier: George Gomez, Engineer / Top Turret Gunner: Lendon Grisham, Radio Operator: Ralph Murkin, Ball Turret Gunner: Bill Burt, Waist Gunner: Adolph Gonzales (8POW); Tail Gunner: Jack Patrick (KIA); flak, ditched Baltic; MACR 7882. UNDERGROUND FARMER.

Last updated: 13. April 2020


B-17 44-6020 / Under Ground Farmer Details

Witness Statement from MACR 7882

On 06 August 1944, I was pilot in B-17G, #43-107112 [sic], on on Operational Mission, flying Group Lead. Lt. Webb (#44-6020) was flying #2 position.

Just after bombs away, 1237, aircraft #44-6020 was observed to have been hit in #2 engine. Lt. Webb contacted me on VHP, saying he was unable to feather engine due to lack of oil, and was falling back out of formation. At this point, Major Briggs, Wing Leader, broke in, instructing Lt. Webb to try to make it back, and that fighter support would be gotton for him.

Last contact we had, Lt. Webb was 40 miles west of target on course covered by friendly fighters.

Edward H. MacNeill
Capt, Air Corps


B-17 44-6020 / Under Ground Farmer Crew

Position Rank Name Status Note
P 1LT Allen W. Webb POW
CP 2LT John W. Hayes POW
BOMB 2LT George Gomez POW
ENG/TT T/SGT Lendon L. Grisham POW
RO S/SGT Ralph K. Murkin POW
BT S/SGT William C. Burt POW
WG S/SGT Adolph M. Gonzales POW
TG S/SGT Jack S. Patrick KIA

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